Toronto Film Review: ‘All Cheerleaders Die’

Excerpt from the Variety review by Dennis Harvey:

…Viewing all this with dismay is goth girl Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee), who until now apparently enjoyed intimacies with Maddy not strictly emotional in nature. She’s lurking around, spying on her ex’s Sapphic seduction of Tracy at a party in the woods, when a violent girls-vs.-boys argument results in a deadly car accident. Leena uses her trusty magic Wiccan stones to revive the deceased, and by morning, several not-so-dead cheerleaders are back in class — albeit with two sisters (Reanin Johannink and Amanda Grace Cooper) now inconveniently stuck in each other’s bodies, and all afflicted by a new desire to suck the life force from any nearby male. Especially obnoxious football-playing ones.

Lucky McKee? Campy bloodfest? We’ll give it a chance! First, though, we need to hunt down the short film it was based on until we can get our paws on All Cheerleaders Die.


Eli Roth returns with The Green Inferno; check out some new stills!

Check THIS out! Ohhh, there is NO WAY this is going to end well for the students traveling to the jungle in an Italian cannibal flick. Another selling point: since Eli Roth is an animal rights supporter, there won’t be a bunch of actual animal killings (We don’t even want to see fake ones) like the movies Green Inferno was inspired by (Cannibal Holocaust, Make Them Die Slowly). Those sick fucks. Nope, looks like it’ll just be the characters in this one.



With TIFF just around the corner, Eli Roth is currently gearing up for his cannibal tale The Green Inferno to have its world premiere at the festival. Roth hasn’t directed a feature film since 2007’s Hostel: Part II so to say the horror genre has missed his talents would be a huge understatement. As a big fan of Roth’s films, I really can’t wait to see what he has in store for us — especially when it’s a film directly inspired by one of the nastiest pieces of cinema — Cannibal Holocaust.

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Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘Horns’ and Eli Roth’s ‘Green Inferno’ to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

Almost Human is all well and good, but we can’t help it, we wanna see a trailer for Green Inferno NOW. Here’s the official synopsis:

How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horror master Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism, and has a healthy appetite for intruders.

Yeah, no way that is going to end well (for the students, usually most of the cannibals –the male ones, anyway–make it out OK in the old-school Italian cannibal flicks The Green Inferno was inspired by.

Unsettling Trailer For Indie Southern Gothic Horror-Thriller “Jug Face” (2013) Shows Promise – Watch Here!

This one definitely caught our interest.  Chad Crawford Kinkle’s debut film, which premiered at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival (and won its 2011 screenwriting competition), tells the story of a pregnant teen named Ada trying to escape a backwoods community when she discovers that she may be sacrificed to a creature in a pit. The entity in the pit requires a life for keeping the community safe. The face of the person to be sacrificed is crafted onto a ceramic jug. When ignored, the entity unleashes an evil onto the community. Now no one is safe as tragedy befalls each member one by one and they soon realize that the pit wants what it wants.. Check out the creepy theatrical trailer right now…

Yep, that was Sean Young you saw as Ada’s scary mother …but you may not have recognized Sean Bridgers, who starred as the deeply disturbing, horrible, shitty, ultra-misogynistic male lead (possibly one of the most vile and hated antagonists who was deserving of an especially horrible death featured in any horror film in recent years) from Lucky McKee‘s* controversial 2012 stunner The Woman. In this trailer his face is mostly disguised by his beard and glasses, and he plays a very different type of role in Jug Face.

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The official website is packed full of info; Chad Kinkle gives a very fascinating account under the section titled Director’s Thoughts that cemented our interest in making sure we saw Jug Face ASAP:

The idea for Jug Face came from a trip to a southern folk pottery art museum in north Georgia. My wife’s aunt and uncle live just up the street from the newly built museum and wanted to take us by. The pottery that I found there was surprising.

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It wasn’t the bowls or dishes, it was the face jugs that caught my attention. They were basic jugs but with ugly faces on them that were used to store moonshine and poisons for farming. I was immediately attracted to the disturbing, grotesque expressions of the faces.

As I watched a video of a potter in overalls talking about making face jugs, I saw in my mind a possessed potter with white eyes standing in a pit. Then I saw the potter craft a face jug with a girl’s face on it. I knew that it must be the face of someone from the community that the potter lived in. That the pit wanted her to be sacrificed.

The idea captured exactly what I focus on in my films; a southern gothic literature feel mixed with the eighties horror movies that I grew up watching.

SOLD!  Jug Face will be available on VOD in just a few days – July 8th, to be exact. A theatrical release will follow on August 9th via Modernciné’s new distribution outfit, Modern Distributors.. The film stars Lauren Ashley Carter (also in The Woman) as Ada. Besides the considerable talent mentioned above, Jug Face also features Larry Fessenden, Daniel Manche, Chip Ramsey, and Kairlin Cullum.  

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*Lucky McKee also executive-produced the film (another good sign) along with Arrien Sciltkamp and Loren Semmens.